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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1971-04-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1971-04-08

Topics Live concert

Truckin', Bertha, Next Time You See Me, Playin' In The Band, Loser, Beat It On Down The Line, Second That Emotion, Sugar Magnolia, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Casey Jones Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, Sing Me Back Home, Cumberland Blues, Greatest Story Ever Told-> Johnny B. Goode, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin'

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Music Hall
Location Boston, MA

Source Soundboard
Transferred by Mike Lai


Quite a few tape splice sounds throughout the show. d2t3 actually has 42 seconds of darkstar before st. stephen starts.


Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2015
Subject: Excellent April 71 with Ned Lagin
This is a really soild performance! Though I'm not wild about the song list in set 1, things end with a strong China>Rider with a terrific solo from Bob during the segue and hot leads from Jerry in Rider.

Set 2 is where most of action is though, diving deep almost immediately with a classic Dark Star, perhaps the 2nd best performance of pre-Keith 71. The pre-verse segment is magnificent, with some very focused, intense interplay between Jerry, Bob, and Phil, Ned contributing ghostly fills. The post verse jam is wonderful as well, becoming rather spacey with a Spunik from Garcia. Ned especially shines during this dreamlike segment, as the band rises to another powerful peak.

St. Stephen, a rarity for the period, is strong, but the NFA is the next great part of the set. Bob leads off a dynamite and unique jamming segue to GDTRFB that has to be heard to be believed. It is truly one of the best NFA segues ever!

The set ends with another monstrous spring 71 Good Lovin, typically strong for the period, with more fantastic contributions from Weir and excellent interplay. Though not as monumental as the performances from 4/13, 4/17, or 4/25, it more than holds its own and is a great way to close out this show.
Reviewer: aybesea69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2013
Subject: Another Outstanding April 71 Show
The entire month was blistering and this show is no exception. The recording is gorgeous though the mix is a little low on the vocals. If you want to try something fun... the separation on this show is so good that if you listen only to the left you can hear just the Bobby part, and conversely the right is just Jerry. Much fun.
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2012
Subject: thank you
real nice "Sing Me Back Home". Plus a killer "Good Lovin:" encore
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2011
Subject: Killer show, fun listen
I'm not a big fan of 1971 in general (too many roughneck cowboy songs & hardly anything else), with very few exceptions; this is one of them. Sure, there are problems with it, but WTF, you can't download it anyway. Great stream to hear while barbecuing! Sweet Dark Star>Stephen>NFA>GDTRFB, and everything else is great too.
Reviewer: deuelio - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2010
Subject: Fun show
sound issues aside, it's a really fun show. The dropout in "Second that Emotion" came at an innoportune time but that was a fun tune.

Great show, thanks for sharing.


I would give this a 3.5.

3* because of some sound probs
4* setlist
Reviewer: mknyc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2008
Subject: nice to compare with 4/28/71
Technical problems as noted by previous reviewer. But it's great to have this back up on the board. There's just a handful of these nice concise Dark Stars, since later in the year they began to move toward the more open-ended one-verse format. Personally, I like the structure of the two verse versions - that they have to find their way back. Is this Dark Star better than 4/28? Probably not, but its like listening to 2/28, 3/1 and 3/2 against 2/27/69 - fun to see how the tune changed from night to night, how the structure was similar during a particular era.
The WBYGN instrumental break is better than 4/28 or 4/29.
Reviewer: jammy - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2005
Subject: too many tape glitches
Dropouts in Loser, Second That Emotion,Dark Star. Levels also bounce around too much for me. I love April 1971. The Dark Star is short, only 13-14 minutes long, but a nice one nonetheless. Not sure how this can get 5 stars at least not the way I think about the scale
1 - 10%
2 - 20%
3 - 40%
4 - 20%
5 - 10%

and given the tape glithces this is not in the top 10% (nor by playin in my book)

4 stars for playing/selection
3 stars for tape glithces

aside - how can people give every show 5 stars? whats the use in a rating scale if it is so skewed?
Reviewer: rootsman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2005
Subject: Spring 1971 Underappreciated..
The Dark Star>St Stephen>NFA is excellent. Short and sweet Dark Star with great jamming. Not a mind blower, but solid.Recommended
Reviewer: hrsauertieg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2005
Subject: Smoking
This one is a trip! Sound quality is close to SKULL AND ROSES except where the volume FREQUENTLY drops or vanishes altogether for a few moments. You can make a very listenable 2-CD set with this material if you work at it with audio-editing software. Be merciless.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2005
Subject: Don't Miss This!
Although I'm partial to the fall 1971 shows with Keith, they did deliver some great performances in the Spring, and this is one of them. Both nights at the Boston Hall are worth getting, and this one is my favorite. First Set highlights liclude a hot Bertha and a soulful Loser with great leads from Garcia. Plus the debut of Second That Emotion, a song they sadly did not play again after 4/29/71.
And a hot China>Rider features a rare appearance of Pigpen on electric Wurlitzer piano, plus a long blazing Rider.
Then after the break, they blow everybody's mind and open Set 2 with - Dark Star! One of only 8 played that year, and the seque into St. Stephen will have you thinking you've time-tripped back to 1969. The Dark Star never gets too weird and features some tasty noodling from Jerry and Phil.
They save the best for last with a long rockin version of Good Lovin that has Jerry soaring and wailing on the wah wah and Pigpen whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
A great example of why people still love 1971. A mostly clean SBD, with a few glitches and noise here and there, esp. in Good Lovin. Recommended!
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2004
Subject: china noise
what is going on during the intro to china cat? i'll tell ya--NOISEY NOISE greatest story features some unusual bass from P man-----weird man the tape is missing some low end when you crank it up, but do listen to the Second that emotion even the cut doesn't hurt this one too bad----was Phil's bass sounding good here ? damn too good
Reviewer: southernflavour - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2004
Subject: I love this show
Dark Star through to NFA is brilliant in its melodic composition. A true group effort.
One of the best shows from the greatest era in their history.
Reviewer: DeadDave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: Noise
This version suffers from some noise and imbalance.

Terrific performance
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